Rustic Charm

Built in 2010, Pender’s Barn combines traditional design elements and reclaimed materials with modern-day comforts. Located in the Crackenback Valley, New South Wales, this rustic home is both charming and comfortable. 

The open living area is perfect for warming up on a cold winter’s day. Featuring stone walls, beautiful timber floors, a fireplace that commands attention, and large glass panels and windows that overlook the landscaped gardens, visitors instantly feel relaxed and at home.

For colour inspiration, owner Sonja Schatzle just looks out the window, “I take reference from anything in the environment from tree trunks to alpine grasses.” When sourcing her paint she ensures she likes “their colour selection and  environmental considerations.”

View this beautiful home in the gallery below.

Photography by Michael Sinclair.

3 top tips for creating a warm winter home

With autumn upon us and winter on its way, now is the time to prepare your home for the chilly weather ahead. Try our top tips for creating a warm winter home.

How to create a warm winter home

There’s nothing like coming home to a cosy, warm, dry home on a crisp autumn day. Here are a few tips to help you reduce condensation and create a more comfortable, warm winter home:

Keep warmth in

The majority of heat loss occurs in your floor, walls and ceilings; followed by the glass in your windows. Insulate your roof first, followed by your walls and floor, and trap heat inside your home with double-glazed windows. Double-glazing can help you save on heating bills, halving your heat-loss* compared to single-glazed windows of the same size and shape. It can reduce external noise and add value to your property. You can also take the effectiveness of double-glazing a step further with a high-performance glass. Reduce heat loss even further with thermally-broken windows and doors. A plastic or resin section is placed in the centre of the aluminium frame, dramatically reducing heat transfer through the frame.

Keep air moving

By leaving your windows slightly open throughout the day you will replace moisture-laden air with fresh air. This allows your home to dry out and helps prevents mould forming on cold or damp surfaces. Placing security stays on your windows will restrict how far the window can be opened, providing a safer way to ventilate when there’s no one home. Another ventilation option is passive ventilation – a natural way to circulate air through your home while your windows remain closed. With proper insulation, ventilation and excellent moisture control you will make a big difference to how your home feels this winter.

Reduce moisture

Remove moisture from inside your home by fitting extractor fans that vent to the outside in your kitchen, bathroom and laundry. Small lifestyle changes like drying your clothes outside, placing lids on your pots when cooking and installing a shower dome will also help you control indoor moisture.

The ultimate winter home inspiration

This stunning Queenstown home proves that location and well-considered design can work beautifully together to create the perfect winter space.